Changchun Women's Federation in northeast China's Jilin Province has been dedicated to boosting entrepreneurship and innovation among local female citizens in recent years.
Since 2013, the federation has spent 2.9 million yuan (U.S.$ 400,000) on training over 6,000 villagers in straw weaving, making it a new industry in the region.
Till now, the organization has established 35 straw weaving cooperatives and bases, and helped some 6,200 females find jobs.
To meet the high demand for tea art masters and sellers in Changchun, the federation has built five tea ceremony training bases that offered free courses for nearly 10,000 people and helped nearly 1,000 of them find jobs in relevant fields.
To unite female individuals in various areas, the federation has also set up many dedicated groups on popular social messaging app WeChat.
Within a year and a half, 26 groups of business startups in areas such as domestic services, tea skills training, straw weaving and others have attracted nearly 5,000 members.
Officials of the organization joined the groups and shared the latest information on beneficial policies, federation training courses and activities on entrepreneurship.
At the end of last year, the federation launched the Chuangyue Shiji fair where craftsmen and college students majoring in arts can sell their products by signing up online in advance.
So far, nine handicraft selling events have helped 340 participants and the trading volume has reached 380,000 yuan (U.S.$ 58,461).
An official of the federation said in future they plan to found a commission for female overseas returnees through which they can better exchange ideas and explore business opportunities.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)